Posts tagged ‘Zen’
“It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.” ―Jerome K. Jerome
Idling settles the fluttering of the mind, inviting enlightenment.
Here is a koanic assist for beginners:
Three student idlers and their teacher are observing a flag in a breeze.
Each student is asked to describe his or her observation. “…And please
do not observe like a nincompoop,” the teacher warns, giving each
student a rap on the head with a stout rod as their cue to speak.
Student 1 goes, “Ow! I observe the breeze fluttering the flag.
Only a nincompoop would observe otherwise.”
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”
The Zen poet’s mind―still as an inkwell in an oil field; humble as a page of faint praise; silent as one hand clapping in a forest falling on deaf ears―is as sharp as Sam Samurai’s sword: like a steel stylus, shredding erudition into pulp fiction.
“Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.”
“At the height of laughter the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” –Jean Houston
Laughter is the music of happiness played on a scale from tickled to amused to delighted to elated to ecstatic to… Well, that’s plenty for most of us. Those who laugh at the same joke the gods are fond of, make light of the cause of unhappiness.
“We are never happy until we learn to laugh at ourselves.” –Dorothy Dix